Today I am sharing my review of the Megan Nielsen Dawn Jeans. This is an awesome pattern, if for no other reason than you get multiple options in the same envelope. If you want a high waisted jean designed to be sewn in non-stretch denim, then these are the jeans for you, with options to make a tapered leg, a straight leg (view B, the view I made), a wide leg or a pair of shorts. Great value from an Indie pattern.
My version is made in a light/medium weight non stretch denim that I purchased locally to me. I think for a lot of people wearing non stretch denim may feel a little odd after the last decade or so of wearing skinny jeans with stretch, but I love the fit of these. They are not restrictive at all and have worn pretty well so far. Even though I had to fudge the waistband fit slightly (see below), I think they are a great fit through the backside with no alterations made in that region!
One thing I need to point out…I hadn’t realised that Megan Nielsen recently released her “Curve” range of patterns which runs across sizes 14 – 30 (but only in PDF format). I am not 100% certain but I am guessing the Curve range of patterns utilises a different drafting block to the standard range of patterns, which in this case, runs from size 0 – 20. My version was made using the standard pattern (I bought a hard copy of the pattern which I then quite happily proceeded to chop up #teamcutthatshitout – see below), so I cannot comment on the fit of the Curve pattern. Overall I was impressed with the fit of the jeans I made which did not require massive amounts of fitting.
As ever, there is a full review below, but what I did want to point out was my major alteration was a 5/8ths inch full tummy adjustment, which meant I had to alter the fly front pieces. Pictures below to show you how I did that.
And some detailed shots. I re-purposed an old leather jacket for the leather patch at the back of the jeans. These jeans have already been through the wash and the label seems fine.
Classic high waisted rigid jean pattern set. Includes four cuts and multiple lengths for tall, regular and cropped. Pattern features a high rise to sit on the natural waist, button fly, close fit through the waist and hips and classic jeans details.
View A is a tapered leg jean. View B is a straight leg jean. View C is a wide leg jean. View D is a jean short.
Inspired by our hunt to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans this pattern will fulfil all of your vintage jean dreams!
I made view B.
0 – 20.
Note that I cut a straight size 20 in the standard pattern, not the Curve pattern which covers sizes 14 – 30.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There is nothing to dislike. I love the look and fit of these jeans and the high waisted style. I also like the fact different style options are included in the same envelope.
Non stretch light/ medium weight denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- The only major alteration I did was a 5/8ths inch full tummy adjustment, which meant I also had to adjust the fly pieces and make the pockets larger also by 5/8ths inch.
- I initially curved the waistband by removing three 0.25 inch tucks at the centre back, but when it came to trying the jeans on, the waistband was gaping quite badly. I ended up going back in and taking a 5/8ths inch dart out of the waistband under where the centre back belt loop is. Not ideal but nobody can see or tell. For future versions I have distributed this amount in a series of further 0.25 inch tucks across the waistband.
- I had to let the thigh seams out a smidge at the outer thigh.
- I did not interface my waistband. It has been fine for wear all day. I don’t interface my Ginger jeans waistband and I don’t have issues with that either.
- Ended up removing 4 inches from the length. I should have cut the regular crop inseam (FYI I am 5 foot 3 inches height).
- For next time I might cut the waistband on the cross grain or add a seam to it. It is cut in one piece and eats a lot of fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely would like to make again and definitely recommend.
Mom jeans are back! You may be surprised at how much you like these once you try them out.
See you all soon.